The other finalists are Oregon’s Dion Jordan, Louisiana State University’s Kevin Minter, Alabama’s C.J. Mosley and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o. Te’o is also considered a top Heisman Trophy candidate.
“He’s one of the best, if not the best linebackers in the country,” Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said of Jones. “All you’ve got to do is look at his stats and what he’s done and he’s done it in big games. … We wouldn’t be where we are right now without him. He’s greatly impacted our team with his performance. That’s kind of the mark of a great player.”
CALIFORNIA: Coach Jeff Tedford was fired on Tuesday after 11 seasons that began with great promise and ended with a disappointing run of mediocrity, ending with a 3-9 record this season.
Tedford engineered an impressive turnaround for the Golden Bears after taking over a one-win team following the 2001 season. He won a school-record 82 games.
SAN DIEGO STATE: Athletic director Jim Sterk said the Aztecs are committed to a future in the Big East in 2013 despite Rutgers’ jump to the Big Ten.
“I can say the Big East took a hit,” Sterk said. “It may take some others, but I can tell you the league will continue to be strong. …I’m excited about the future and wanted to make sure that was clear.”